head diy Design Fanatic: 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

End Of The Year Wrap Up 2012

Just a few more days until a brand new year. Don't ya just love a new start? The end of the year is also a time of reflections for me; I like to look back over what was accomplished.  I even forgot about a few of the projects I did this past year. Must be getting old ;)

The Two pillows I made for the vintage chairs in my Foyer were easy to make. I'm hoping to do a few more simple sewing projects in 2013.

Another easy project for January was a wood sign made from a leftover 2 x 6. 

The post on how to make Wax Paper Crayon Hearts was viewed 12,500 times. I was surprised at the count since it was such a simple craft.

I had fun making  some Valentine Hearts. These were made with vintage fabric that my grandmother made me a dress out of when I was 8 years old.

Raised beds  in our North Garden were finished in March.

My Wax Paper Transfer project was really fun. Thank you Graphics Fairy!

I made some Pretty Little Pillows for our daughter in California in June.

One of my favorite projects of the year was the Jewelry Organizer  Mr. Fanatic and I made for our youngest daughter.

I was so happy to show you our New Paint For The Family Room... It only took me several years to pick a color. lol.

Who doesn't love a super easy paint makeover? The Painted Side Table on our basement patio got a fresh coat of paint last summer.

Everyone seemed to love  Make A Basket From A Wine Box and Baskets Made From Cardboard Boxes, as they have been viewed over 59,000 times. Whooda thunk?

Spent some time in the kitchen sharing How To Dry Basil that I grew in my herb garden. I dried enough to last me until the next harvest. In just a few months, it will be time to start thinking about the Spring garden.

Making Homemade Vanilla Extract couldn't be easier. 

I must have struck a nerve in October with How To Store Your Stuff because it was clicked on 63,000 times. Guess there are lots of people who have a bunch of stuff to store!

We're all still loving the  Solar Tube Mr. Fanatic installed in our upstairs bath. The light it brings into the room is fantastic.

Finally, Christmas decorating in December. My favorite room to decorate is our Breakfast Room.

Fortunately for ya'll, I've left a few projects out, otherwise, we could be here for hours.

Even though we built our Barn Doors for the Basement, I haven't shared them yet because there's still a debate on diy Design Fanatic Facebook page and at Casa Fanatic about which door pulls to choose. I shared this photo the other day, which shows a peek of the Barn Doors in our Basement Family Room. Hopefully, you will see them all finished soon!

Thank you all for stopping by all these months and for leaving your nice comments. Ya'll are just too nice.
I am so grateful to have so many wonderful blog friends and I'm looking forward to "meeting" some new friends in 2013.

Happy New Year to you and your family!


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Wonderful Christmas

The house is a little quieter today. We all got up early to take our oldest daughter and her boyfriend to the airport. Wish she could have stayed longer.  
Thought I'd share a few pics of our Christmas Day.

I set my alarm for 8 am, got dressed, put some makeup on and brushed my hair, then went to get our girls up (who usually sleep until 11 am when they can). To my surprise, everyone was waiting for me in the living room!
Mr. Fanatic had already put our traditional Breakfast Casserole in the oven and it was ready by the time we finished opening all of our gifts. 

After breakfast, the cooking began; while Mr. Fanatic cooked, I set the table. Nothing over the top this year, but we did get out the good china, silver and Waterford crystal.

We took one group photo so the food wouldn't get cold.

Mr. Fanatic cutting the prime rib. Yum, it was cooked perfectly!

Mr. F also baked some fresh garlic, romano pull apart rolls.

Gotta have veggies...

Mr. F also made my family's traditional cheese ravioli.

The prime rib...

Later on in the evening, Jenny's friend Emily came over and the "kids" played Cranium.

We can always count on Mr. F to act a little silly.

Sammy relaxed nearby.
That was our Christmas. Hope yours was as blessed as ours was. 


ps: had to add this photo our youngest daughter took of us on Instagram


Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas Eve

Can you believe Christmas Eve is here?
I hope you are enjoying this wonderful season with your family and friends.
I wanted to leave you with a tour of our home decorated for Christmas. I added a few new ones that you haven't seen yet.


Our little tree in the Piano Room...
I decorated with  some shiny silver angel gift tags that I found at Target and added the dried hydrangeas to this super easy pre-lit faux tree. 

Our live Christmas tree in our Family Room has a few more presents under it now...
Family Room Sofa Table Vignette...

Side Table vignette in the Family Room...
Family Room Mantel...

The Breakfast Room...

And finally, our basement Family Room...
I also wanted to leave you with a sneak peek at the barn doors Mr. Fanatic and I made for the basement. Will be sharing them when we put on the door handles.
Merry Christmas to you all!
 Hope your Christmas celebration is one you'll remember for a long time.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Front Porch

This year I kept the Christmas decorating on the Front Porch simple with burlap, pinecones and lots of green.
The garland and the potted leylands are wrapped in lights. I never got around to taking a photo at night with them on. Anyone else a little busy this season? (I know the answer to that question!)
I couldn't resist buying this little potted Christmas tree at Lowe's. It was too cute and fuzzy looking.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!